We travelled as a family of 8 - 6 adults and 2 children aged 3 and 9. We stayed one night pre cruise at the Aston Sunset Waikiki Beach, ideal for families.
We boarded around 2pm and it was very straight forward, we all enjoyed the floral leis. Our staterooms were all ready, 1 inside and 2 balcony cabins.
Sail away was lovely, we were all very excited to be onboard.
As this was a very special 40th Anniversary cruise for my husband and myself, we had arranged for a Renewal of Wedding Vows in Maui, our first port of call - we booked this online some 9 months prior to travel and can recommend Hawaiiwedding.com... Rev Kevin Rebelo was absolutely lovely.
Our whole day was engulfed within our Anniversary and finished with dinner at Teppenyaki - which was an absolute fantastic display of culinary fun and the food was excellent, especially, as we had 2 vegans in our party.
Being a vegan should not be a chore on a cruise, but unfortunately, the More
following 3 nights left a lot to be desired regarding their meals.... In fact, we all found eating in the main dining rooms to be rather unsatisfactory, we felt we were rushed the whole time, plates were cleared away in a hurry, before we had all finished, etiquette certainly was not adhered to. Two of my family are in the hospitality industry and it was a shame that we were not able to sit and enjoy a meal all together without this constant rush. We found it easier eating in the Aloha cafe.
We only did one ship excursion - The Big Snorkel - at Kona. It was brilliant, but unfortunately 3 of us suffered some kind of sea sickness, tendered in to port, then out on a catamaran in choppy waters was too much, but we still loved the marine life. In the other ports we did our own excursions to Rainbow Falls, Pearl Harbor, Museums etc.
We loved the itinerary, we all felt we could have sailed for longer, one week was really just a taster...
We had 2 nights at the Sheraton Princess Kualani on Waikiki Bch to end the trip, which was ideally located for the nightlife and the beach.
The sailing along the Kauai coastline was absolutely stunning and we were so lucky to be port side for that.
Cabins are smaller than other Balcony Cabins we have sailed in on other cruise lines. Beds were fantastically comfortable. Our steward was not as attentive as we have experienced on other cruise lines.